Updating your wardrobe with each passing season can seem like a rite of passage. Throw away the cobwebs and freshen up your style as the weather changes. However, overhauling your wardrobe isn’t sustainable or ethically conscious. In fact, it is far from it.
Sure, you shouldn’t shy away from making new purchases but adding a few select items to a staple wardrobe can help you move away from fast fashion and complete a more sustainable look that can help carry your look through each and every season.
Some quick and easy tips for making your staple wardrobe more sustainable are;
- Ask yourself if you really need it? If the answer is no then maybe you can think twice about buying it.
- Will you reasonably wear it more than 30 times? If not then it isn’t worth buying
- Wash your clothes less. Use fabric freshener and try to avoid the tumble dryer.
- Buy organic cotton when possible
- Consider brand ethics before making a purchase. if they don’t align with your own, think about why you want to buy it and if you are sure you are comfortable.
Wardrobe Staples That Will Wear Well Every Season.
Dresses are brilliantly versatile. In fact, as well as the wardrobe staple of the little black dress, you should have a dress that can be worn in a variety of different ways. Long sleeve dresses work really well for those colder days, as midi and maxi dresses. All three can be styled your way as you change up accessories and footwear to give you fresh new looks every time you wear it!
Opt for a solid block colour that can be worn with each different season as opposed to on-trend patterns and designs that could end up looking dated.
Denim is a look that is on-trend for every season. Jeans, dresses, skirts, shorts and shirts. Denim is a flexible look that can be interchanged with each and every new fashion season or even geological season.
Invest in a quality well-fitting pair of jeans that will see you get many wears out them. In the long run, this will pay off for you over a cheaper pair that won’t last as long and will inevitably need to be replaced.
Find a pair of jeans or another item of clothing in denim that will fit you well and can be worn with many different outfits or looks over the years to retain its sustainability.
Boots are a great investment to make. Long cold winters can be harsh on our feet and you want a pair that have a timeless classic look that will fit and wear well over the years. Imagine you bought a new pair of boots for £30 a year for 3 years. That is £90. All three pairs last one season each.
Now put that £90 to one well-made pair of boots and you have a pair you can wear year after year. This will save you money in the long run and reduce the need to send worn-out boots to landfill each year.